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 H. C. Zachry  (1940 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: landscape and western genre painting, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information, submitted by John R. Cope, is from the Abilene Reporter, June 25, 2006.  The author is Ken Ellsworth.


H.C. Zachry, a youthful 65, sits in the 20th floor offices of Zachry Associates Inc. in the Enterprise Building, the tallest building in Abilene.  It may not be a stretch to call the ground below his domain, though he would fiercely deny any royalty.

Nevertheless, he knows he can take partial credit for a lot of good that has occurred on the ground, and that work has earned him a spot in the pantheon of Abilene's most influential personalities.

He's easygoing, likes to talk, but is exacting and organized, rational and inventive. One would never picture him as the professional rodeo rider, which he was.  Perhaps that prepared him for the bumps and grinds of daily life.  He freely admits to remaining a cowboy at heart.

Another incongruity: he's an artist, a painter of soft, colorful images. It's an art he wants to bring as close to perfection as possible.  He is spending more and more time to achieve that goal.

After taking the leading role in the development of Frontier Texas!, Zachry said he has cut back on his involvement and many civic responsibilities. He'd rather paint.

But everywhere you look, you see his influence, from Frontier Texas!, to the landscaping of the railroad right-of-way, to past president of the Development Corporation of Abilene, to being the former president of the Tax Incremental Finance District Board.

Two years ago, Zachry, who leads a large, successful advertising agency that has offices in Dallas and Abilene, was voted the ''Hottest Man in Abilene.''  He laughs and considers it a great practical joke, a dastardly plot engineered by his friends.

- Ken Ellsworth

Age: 65

How long in Abilene: 41 years

Education: Henrietta High School; Texas Tech University, BA in design

Civic involvement: West Texas Rehabilitation Center board; Abilene Industrial Foundation board. Highland Church of Christ

Family: Wife, Lanita; son, Hank of Dallas; daughter, Holly of Plano

My Dream:

''That it could reach a critical mass, that it could increase employment, entertainment and make it a highly sought place to live. We're so close. More and more we can be a support city for the Metroplex. We're close enough to provide services there.''

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